Miss Anne rose assentingly, and the good brother took her away, while Joshua's preliminary scrapings
burst into the "White Cockade," from which he intended to pass to a variety of tunes, by a series of transitions which his good ear really taught him to execute with some skill.
A third time it struck, gently as it had before, but the contact resulted in a different sound--the sound of wood scraping
Presently it ceased, to be followed by a shuffling noise that the ape-man's trained ears could interpret as resulting from but a single cause--the scraping
of leather-shod feet upon the rounds of a ship's monkey-ladder.
The land suddenly at night looms up right over your bows, or perhaps the cry of "Broken water ahead!" is raised, and some long mistake, some complicated edifice of self-delusion, over- confidence, and wrong reasoning is brought down in a fatal shock, and the heart-searing experience of your ship's keel scraping
and scrunching over, say, a coral reef.
We said we should require the rest of the evening for scraping
I should say that those New England rocks on the sea-coast, which Agassiz imagines to bear the marks of violent scraping
contact with vast floating icebergs --I should say, that those rocks must not a little resemble the Sperm Whale in this particular.
It may have been that he was too bright a genius to live long, or it may have been that he took some pernicious substance into his bill, and thence into his maw--which is not improbable, seeing that he new-pointed the greater part of the garden-wall by digging out the mortar, broke countless squares of glass by scraping
away the putty all round the frames, and tore up and swallowed, in splinters, the greater part of a wooden staircase of six steps and a landing--but after some three years he too was taken ill, and died before the kitchen fire.
By this time the boat was scraping
gently upon the sandy bottom.
She could hear Madame Antoine's heavy, scraping
tread as she walked back and forth on the sanded floor.
I was watching to see where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the wall, begins a vigorous scraping
, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.
Of course there was nothing left for me but to proceed to business, and I began scraping
away at a great rate.
Here and there were new brick houses and shops, just set up by bustling, driving, and eager men of traffic from the Atlantic States; while, on the other hand, the old French mansions, with open casements, still retained the easy, indolent air of the original colonists; and now and then the scraping
of a fiddle, a strain of an ancient French song, or the sound of billiard balls, showed that the happy Gallic turn for gayety and amusement still lingered about the place.